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6. Set up a staging area near the door. Make a point of putting down everything you come in the door with — coat, bag, shoes and so on — as soon as you come in. Changing into comfy slippers and leaving your work and mail behind you will help signal a shift from outside worries to the comforts of home.
Create open storage. “Good air circulation is critical with wet and snowy jackets,” says Jeff Murphy, president of Murphy & Co. Design. Open cubbies not only keep the air moving but make it easy to see a jacket or backpack quickly
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Red and turquoise. This is a case of opposites attracting. The warm vibe of red is cooled by turquoise, a favorite water color. Consider this palette for a guest bedroom. I think walls in red, like Benjamin Moore's Country Redwood, would be fun too.
Angle in a desk. If you want to look out onto the whole office, nestle yourself into the corner with the desk facing out into the room. I also like this approach when a workspace is in the bedroom — you don't feel so imprisoned at your desk when you have a wide view of the whole space.
Small can be versatile. A drop-leaf table can work for two in the setup shown here but fits many more when fully extended. To really save space, it can even be pushed flush against the wall when not needed and used as a sideboard with a bar tray on top.
If you have windows on both corner walls, build the banquette at typical seat height: 17-19 inches finished. Use pillows instead of a built-in back cushion.
5. Add utility to your utility room. In the laundry room add simple shelving to keep all your essentials in reach. Laundry rooms are often forgotten in the decorating scheme, but when they are given a little attention these workhorses can easily become the belle of the ball.